The Ideal American Vacation!

By Alex Gryciuk  March 1, 1871—President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act, making Yellowstone the first national park in the United States. Preserving a beautiful landscape of geysers, hot springs, meadows, and streams, the environmental movement transformed how nature could be enjoyed by the average citizen. Now, anyone could admire geologicalContinue reading “The Ideal American Vacation!”

Earth Day Birthday

By Sydney Reese  Many of you know Evan Griffith and Rachel Griffith, as they are exemplary role models at Westmont. The infamous twins don’t just celebrate Earth Day, they also celebrate their birthday! Make sure to wish Evan and Rachel a happy birthday on Earth Day, April 22nd! Here’s a short interview of what theContinue reading “Earth Day Birthday”


Welcome to The Shield‘s annual satire section.  Writers use satire to improve a problem in society. Sometimes readers misunderstand the satire as they do not recognize the hyperbole, irony, rhetorical questions, sarcasm, and understatements. Readers may mistake the satirical solution for the actual solution that the writer proposes. The ideas in these satire stories do not necessarilyContinue reading “Discomfort”

A Breath of Fresh Air

By Amelia Lipcsei Known for their air purifying abilities, spider plants have been used to remove toxins, such as formaldehyde (which is often found in common household adhesives and fillers), carbon monoxide, xylene, and benzene. These toxins have often been linked to cancer and other deadly diseases.  In the late 1900’s, NASA conducted a studyContinue reading “A Breath of Fresh Air”